Isle of Wight News

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Let’s give Mary Ellis, former WWII pilot, Freedom of the Wight: Sign the petition

mary ellis

We all remember the love that went out to Mary Ellis, Isle of Wight's inspirational former WWII pilot, when she turned 100. She gave so much - Now there's something we can all do for her: Sign this petition to have her honoured with the Freedom of the Island.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 6:51pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Storm Doris and Asian Breeze launches Cowes Lifeboat

Cowes lifeboat returning with lifering-

A life-ring spotted in the water near West Ryde Middle buoy resulted in the launch of the Cowes RNLI lifeboat today.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 6:41pm

By Nick Edwards

Budget debate: Read the group leader budget speeches in full (updated)


Leaders of all the groups who worked on and submitted budgets have shared their full speeches with OnTheWight.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 4:54pm

By Sally Perry

Man arrested after damage to cars in East Cowes

Handcuffed man

Police have arrested a man in connection with damage to 16 cars in East Cowes.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 4:13pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Conservatives launch ‘brain drain’ campaign

brain drain

The Isle of Wight Conservatives say they are setting up joint approach to keep young talent from leaving the Island after figures show there is a "net outflow of people aged 15 to 29 and a net inflow of people aged 60-69".

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 3:02pm

By Chris Whitehouse with 20 readers' comments

Maximum council tax rise and series of cuts approved by Isle of Wight council

Axe in wood:

The three proposed budgets were debated for almost two hours at County Hall last night (see our live coverage) but the Conservative-UKIP-IMG proposal narrowly received the most votes.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 9:32am

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Ventnor man arrested on firearm charges

burlington hotel bellevue road ventnor

The man has not been charged yet, but remains in police custody.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 9:30am

By Sally Perry

Storm Doris: Isle of Wight Travel updates

windy dog

Disruption to cross-Solent travel expected today due to Storm Doris. Winds of up to 80mph expected on coastal areas.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 8:07am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight councillors set next year’s budget: Live coverage

voting in iwc county hall chamber

Follow the debate from the comfort of your sofa or office chair. Members will be debating the proposed Conservative-Alliance budget as well as the two alternative budgets.

Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 4:50pm

By Sally Perry with 27 readers' comments

Young leaders from across the region gather on the Isle of Wight

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Young leaders from across the region spent the weekend working on their communication and teamworking skills, as well as future planning on how to develop their respective Student Forums’ projects.

Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 4:00pm

By Reece Matthews

80mph winds expected for coastal areas as Storm Doris approaches

Stormy seas

Cross Solent travel is expected to be affected by the arrival of Storm Doris tomorrow with 70-80mph winds along coastal areas predicted.

Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 11:06am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Centenary tribute to the ‘sons of Africa’ lost on the SS Mendi

Tribute to those who lost their lives on the SS Mendi

646 people lost their lives on the SS Mendi on 21st February 1917 when it collided with a cargo ship. Special tributes were paid today in Portsmouth and at St Catherine's on the south coast of the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017 7:59pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments